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Entries from May 2008

Further Information Regarding the Department of Redundancy Department

May 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Last week I discussed repetitive RFP questions and where they spring from, and this week, in honor of the RFPs themselves, I’ll go over the issue from the angle of SAMHSA‘s “Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services (Short Title: TCE/HIV)” RFP (warning: .pdf link). It’s a model of modern inanity [...]

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RFP Lunacy and Answering Repetitive or Impossible Questions: HRSA and Dental Health Edition

May 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’ve talked before about RFP absurdity, and now I’ll talk about lunacy more generally: the HRSA “Service Expansion in Mental Health/Substance Services, Oral Health and Comprehensive Pharmacy Services” program (see the RFP in a Word file here) asks in Section 2.6, “Applicant describes how oral health services will be provided for special populations, such as [...]

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Self-Efficacy—Oops, There Goes Another Rubber Tree Plant

May 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

In past posts, I’ve written about the foolishness of trying to use self-esteem as a metric (Self-Esteem—What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing), as well as the impossible question, “Who gets funded?” (“Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU!— Lessons from Basketball for Grant Writers“). An April 29, 2008 Wall Street Journal article, “If at First You Don’t [...]

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